Albert had always said he was already old and had to leave this world with dignity.
However, Melanie had just realized she could not accept it readily.
She wanted to be selfish for once.
She wanted to keep her grandfather by her side…
She was not sure there would be anyone in this world who would love her if her grandfather left her. She would not know if she could face this world alone.
Melanie stood outside the hospital for some time before finally getting a packet of cigarettes from the convenience store. She took out a cigarette and lit it with her trembling hands.
She had never smoked before and had no experience in smoking. She failed to aim the lighter at the cigarette.
She squatted outside the convenience store and stubbornly lit the cigarette. It had finally lit up yet was extinguished by a teardrop.
In the end, it finally lit up again, but only half of the cigarette was left.
The following day, Melanie received a call from Stella. Since Eugene started dating Viola, Stella seldom contacted her.
Melanie answered the call and only heard Stella saying, “I want to meet you.‘
It troubled Melanie. “I’m not in a good condition now. Please say whatever you want to say through the phone.”
Stella sneered. “LeapCo has been implicated by you. You should be in a bad condition. Let’s be frank. I don’t want to meet you, but I must settle the house Eugene bought for you.
“Otherwise, others will think the Scott family is charitable and providing shelter for the homeless.”
Stella was still as mean as ever. Melanie felt a headache coming on. She had a sleepless night the day before, and in her dream, her grandfather was being pushed into the operating room while attached to a drip.
She said, “I’ll talk to Eugene about the house.”
“Talk to him? You? What are you going to say? Since you’ve already left LeapCo, you have
nothing to do with Eugene anymore.
“Take whatever we have given you before this as the benefit given to you as an employee of LeapCo. What are you now?”
With a sneer, Stella continued, “I heard you wanted compensation? Melanie, you’re
shameless, indeed. LeapCo’s reputation has been tainted because of you.
“We were kind enough to not ask that you take responsibility for the loss you caused the company. How dare you ask for compensation instead?”
Stella’s voice was sharp, and Melanie felt it was deafening. She placed the phone on the coffee table.
Before hanging up the call, Stella warned for the last time, “You’d better move out soon. Otherwise, don’t blame me for arranging someone to move your things out.”
Melanie didn’t know why Stella was so arrogant. It was as if Melanie had once bullied her.
It was soon silent again after Stella hung up the call. Only after calming herself for some time did Melanie head out.
She did not have the time to care about the videos online. Yana would occasionally take screenshots of the LeapCo employees saying nice things about her and send them to her. Her grandfather’s medical report was out today, and it was almost the same as what the doctor had warned her. The best solution was to operate his brain and carry out a bypass surgery after cleaning the blood clot. However, the risk of this surgery was high.
“What will happen if we don’t carry out the surgery on him?” Melanie asked with a shuddering voice.
“The patient might remain in this condition, and there are many uncertainties.”
Melanie’s face turned pale. The doctor wanted to comfort her. “Every surgery has its risk, but we’ll try to reduce it. Moreover, two days later, the famous neurology specialist will be coming to Jepton.
“If you have any connections, you can get him to do the surgery.”
As for what the doctor said after that, Melanie did not remember a single word of it.
She stayed in the hospital until it was dark before heading home. However, just as she reached home, she saw barricade tape on her door.
Melanie’s heart skipped a beat. She quickly tried her password, but it indicated she had keyed in the wrong combination of numbers.